Parliament to resume on March 28

Leader of Government Business James Marape made the announcement on Tuesday in Parliament after the swearing-in of the country’s 10th Governor General Bob Dadae.

The new Governor General took his oath and declaration before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

The official swearing-in ceremony was the only business of the day during parliament sitting.  

Marape also announced that Teleformin MP Solan Mirisim is appointed as the Citizenship Committee chairman, and Angoram MP Salio Waipo is now the deputy chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.    

Leaders’ Summit rescheduled

Originally planned for last week, Lupari said the meeting was pushed back after a number of provincial delegations experienced travel delays.

“There were a number of governors and provincial officials who were unable to arrive for the Wednesday morning meeting,” the Chief Secretary said.

“Their inclusion in discussions is important, so the Leaders’ Summit will now take place before the next sitting of Parliament convenes in the afternoon of 28 February.

Parliament passes APEC Safety and Security Bill

This will see the establishment of the PNG APEC 2018 Safety and Security Joint Taskforce, and for adequate powers and functions to be provided to ensure efficient and effective safety and security during the event.

The Bill was passed by a vote of 69 – 0, which had the full support of the Government and Opposition ranks.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the legislation needed to be passed so that proper protection can be provided for world leaders who visit our country.

DDA CEO cannot create their own structure

Temu said they can only recommend the type of structure they require suitable to their own particular setting or location, which will then be channeled through the respective Provincial Governments to the Department.

He was responding to Kikori MP and Opposition Member, Mark Maipakai , in Parliament on Thursday.

“Do we districts have the powers under the Organic Law to create our own structures and get it endorsed through the Provincial Government and it comes through the system for confirmation by  higher authorities?” asked Maipakai.

Governor-General elect wants to be a people man

Dadae made this comment in Parliament on Thursday, in his last Parliament sitting as an elected Member of Parliament.

He was serving as the MP for Kabwum of Morobe Province when Parliament gave him the mandate ahead of Edward Ranu Diro and Timothy Bonga on Wednesday.    

Dadae thanked the people of Kabwum for giving him the mandate to serve them in the last 15 years.

“It’s not by chance of mistake but the mandate is because of the experience I have.

Juffa tables reports on Bangladeshi syndicate

The tabled reports allege the existence of collusion between the alleged syndicate and Labour Department officials to enter the country on illegal work permits.

Juffa first raised the issue with Labour Minister, Benjamin Poponawa, in Parliament last week, in which the Minister denied having any knowledge of the syndicate and said he would instruct the department to look into it.

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Schools must not collect any fees: Kuman warns

Kuman was responding to Okapa MP Isaac Waigavara during the Questions without Notice today in Parliament.

Waigavara asked the Education Minister to clarify the fees that were being imposed by schools which make parents confused before the beginning of the academic year.

However, Kuman in response said the Government had advice all the headmasters and principles of all the schools across the country that no fees must be collected from the students because the government is paying for all the fees.

Parliament resumes today

Prime Minister Peter O’Neil said the session will focus on the first readings of the electoral legislations to increase the nomination fees and decreasing the campaign period from eight to four weeks.

O’Neill made the announcement on Monday at the inaugural National Press Club in Port Moresby.

Other bills to be tabled include ICAC and Ombudsman, as well as others.

The parliament will then be adjourned for its last session in March and then recess for the 2017 National elections until the formation of the new government in September.

Gelu hopes revised law is passed

Despite being approved by the National Executive Council (NEC) in 2014 after a review of the OLIPPAC beginning in 2012, the revised law is yet to pass the floor of Parliament.

In October, last year, the revised law appeared on the business paper however a lack of numbers on the floor of Parliement failed to see the law passed.